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Subject:common sense pagan parenting
Time:09:10 am
From a MySpace pagan parenting forum:

Pagan parents have a unique task - that of teaching pagan values to their children in a world hostile to alternative religions.

My response:

First task - get over this victim mentality. You are always going to run into people who are hostile towards you for something. But teaching children right off the bat that their religion is going to be persecuted is doing them no favors. Right from the start, act as if you are an equal with everyone else, and be that role model.

Second task, drop the "alternative religion" label. It's a religion or it's not. Period. There's no "alternative" about it. This sends a message that the mainstream faiths are top of the heap, and we're "other."

If we're truly going to teach them values - not "pagan values," but human values - we must teach them to stand firm and not go out into the world expecting to encounter a negative reaction to their faith, and thereby treating people as if they were already hostile to it.
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Subject:the Santa myth
Time:04:04 pm
Alexandria (age 9) asked the fateful question yesterday – “Is Santa a real person, or is he a magical being?”

My response was, “no, he’s not a real person, but he is a magical being because he represents the spirit of the holiday.”

Alexandria: “I didn’t think he was a real person; if a human lived up in the North Pole, he’d be frozen by now.”

She doesn’t seem to be fazed by the fact Santa isn’t a real live person. She also understands that the store Santas are not real, but as we explained to her, when they are dressed up they BECOME Santa. Being raised in a pagan household where the idea of the masks of Deity is a commonplace theme, it’s familiar territory for her, and completely acceptable.

And so, that part is over, but not really, because the personae is just as good to her as a flesh/blood being.
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Subject:Narnia, Pagans and Kids
Time:10:50 am
Okay, apparently there is some concern among some people about exposing ostensibly Pagan children to the Chronicles of Narnia, due to the heavy use of Christian allegory.

Not only do I not share this concern, my wife and I fully intend on giving our daughters copies of the whole Narnia series (hey, it's currently on sale and in abundant supply).

As far as I'm concerned, Lewis is no proselyte. In The Last Battle, he even went so far as to write, "It does not matter in whose name you do good things" (or something like that; it's been a while since I read it).

But there's so much of a tizzy going on, I thought I'd ask the question here: Do you intend on either giving your children "The Chronicles of Narnia" or going out of your way to shield them from it?
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Subject:Kids and meditation
Time:12:57 pm

Question for the parents out there: Has anyone  had any luck teaching children to meditate?  I have a 7-year-old son who is very distractable and lacking in focus, to the point where it is having a negative impact on his schoolwork.  I get distracted when I'm under a lot of stress, and I have used meditation for several years to help keep my own emotional state from getting out of control.  But I'm self-taught and have never tried to teach another adult, much less a child.  Is it possible?  Is it advisable?  Are there any resources that might have valuable information?  Thanks!

 

Crossposted to nonfluffypagans

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Subject:Hi... newbie question
Time:10:30 pm
Hi. I am a pagan mom of a 13 month old little boy and I am working on developing traditions for my family that are kid friendly. Do you have any books or sites that will assist in this adventure. Any words of wisdom from parents of older kids would be welcome too.
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Subject:Pagans hang on to their foster kids
Time:08:07 am
A pagan couple battling to keep hold of their four foster children on Friday won the first round of their High Court fight.
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Subject:This email warning is actually true... (cross posted)
Time:02:33 pm
Current Mood:worriedworried
I got this from a friend and was about to fire off my standard "this is a hoax" email when Snopes surprised me. This is apparently for real and frightening for parents. Please pass it along.

http://www.snopes.com/toxins/dustoff.asp

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Subject:teaching magickal techniques to children
Time:10:45 am
Alexandria (age 9) has asked for more information on how to remember one's past lives. She's intrigued by the idea that Daddy remembers so many of his.

Last night, she said the bridge of her nose hurt, like a bruise. "Mommy, can you do anything about it?" So, I told her to close her eyes as I touched her forehead, and imagine a colorful flow going through the area, any color she wanted that was calm and soothing to her. The flow goes over the pain like running water; as it did, the pain was washed away, goes into the ground and away.

After a couple of minutes, I stopped and said, "how does it feel now?" She touched her nose, got the biggest grin on her face and exclaimed, "it doesn't hurt anymore!" She then proceeded to launch herself on me with "Mommy, you're the best! It was magic!" I told her she could try this out herself if she ever had a headache or small pain.

A delighted child then snuggled with her Mommy, holding hands, and went to sleep.
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Subject:Indiana Update
Time:10:11 am
Current Mood:hopefulhopeful
Posting here because other fora have talked too much about it, but we all do need to keep our eyes on it.


The "mainstream" seems to be extremely sympathetic to the Pagan parents in the Indiana divorce case; the Indianapolis Star is keeping the story alive as it progresses. It turns out, for example, that the first "Pagan Pride March" in this country was in Indianapolis; I had not known that.


But here's my favorite quote from the article:


But the ruling has cut into time with his son. The boy had to miss the vernal equinox, also known as Oester. That's when pagans celebrate Earth's fertility. A hare represents the spring goddess. Wiccans, following an old custom, run around hunting Oester eggs.

Sound familiar?
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Subject:Judge: Parents can't teach pagan beliefs
Time:06:12 am
An Indianapolis father is appealing a Marion County judge's unusual order that prohibits him and his ex-wife from exposing their child to "non-mainstream religious beliefs and rituals."

The parents practice Wicca, a contemporary pagan religion that emphasizes a balance in nature and reverence for the earth.
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